Regardless of what the PGA of America says publicly, Phil Mickelson’s very public takedown of Tom Watson was the impetus for the newly formed 11-man Ryder Cup task force.
Even if it apparently violated one of the cup’s unwritten rules.
“You don’t call your captain out at a Ryder Cup – win, lose or draw,” Graeme McDowell told reporters Tuesday at the Volvo World Match Play.
With so much focus on what the Americans keep doing wrong, McDowell says it’s unfortunate that there is less focus on how well his team actually played in Scotland. McDowell, for instance, went 3-0 at Gleneagles as the Europeans won their sixth cup in their last seven tries.
European team stalwarts Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood have already weighed in on the new U.S. task force, with the latter calling it a “massive pat on the back and confidence booster” for Europe.
Says McDowell, “The positive is their renewed effort to win the Ryder Cup, and that can only be good for the tournament in the short term, and should up the excitement level.”
As for the Americans’ most recent captain, McDowell joined many in saying that he was surprised that the 65-year-old Watson had failed to inspire the U.S. team.
“He seemed a little disconnected and aloof on the golf course when I did see him,” McDowell said. “He didn’t seem to be engaging with the players, and seemed a little distant.”